New York Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

October 1, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake, sentenced Juan Burgeos, age 31, of New York, today to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division.

According to Burgeos’ guilty plea, beginning around January 2004, Burgeos and others began supplying approximately one kilogram of cocaine per month to James Zawatski and other individuals in Maryland and Pennsylvania. On November 18, 2008, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a controlled purchase of cocaine after a cooperating individual in the Hagerstown area made telephone contact with a person known to him as “Leticia” and later identified as Coral Leticia Castillo. In those telephone conversations, Leticia agreed to drive from New York to a location in Pennsylvania in order to distribute the cocaine to the cooperating individual. On November 18, 2008, Castillo and Burgos arrived at the prearranged location and were arrested when Castillo opened the trunk of the car. Inside a cereal box in the trunk, agents discovered a large ziplock bag with a brick-shaped object wrapped in tape, later determined to be over two pounds of powder cocaine. Burgos advised law enforcement that he received the cocaine from another person in New York and was to be paid $1,000 for delivering the cocaine. Burgos said he was acting at the direction of Juan Burgeos since Juan Burgeos was incarcerated on state charges in New York. Castillo also admitted to bringing the cocaine to Maryland.

Burgeos admitted that he is responsible for the distribution of between 15 and 50 kilograms of cocaine during the time of the conspiracy.

Zawatski, age 41, of Hagerstown, Andy Burgos, age 27 and Coral Castillo, age 26, both of New York, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. Burgos was sentenced to 16 months in prison. Zawatski is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, 2010 and Castillo’s sentencing date has not been set.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the DEA for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney A. David Copperthite, who prosecuted the case.

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